A Prophet Has a Lonely Task
A hymn on
welcoming the prophets among us, and welcoming God's call to all of us as
happy to share with you a new hymn by the Rev.
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, who with her husband, the Rev.
Bruce Gillette, serves as co-pastor of
Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
said] "Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes
the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet
will receive a prophet's reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in
the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and
whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the
name of a disciple -- truly I tell you, none of these will lose their
reward." Matthew 10:40-42, the Sunday lectionary gospel reading for
June 26, 2011/Pentecost 2A/Proper 8A/Ordinary 13A
Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 10:40-42 for the Church to welcome the
prophets among us is the inspiration for this new hymn:
A Prophet Has a Lonely Task
WAREHAM LM (“The Church of Christ in Every Age”)
A prophet has a lonely task—
To help the world to see anew,
To name injustice, then to ask
What God is calling us to do.
On city streets among the poor,
In places spoiled for oil or coal,
At yet another time of war,
A prophet seeks the nation’s soul.
O Lord, you taught us: Hear their shout!
Receive their call to turn from sin!
When others seek to shut them out,
The church must welcome prophets in.
For in our welcome, Lord, we’ll find
A living faith, a new world-view,
A life more peaceful, just and kind,
A church that gladly welcomes you.
Biblical Reference: Matthew 10:40-42
Tune: William Knapp, 1738.
Alternate Tune: CANONBURY LM ("Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak")
Text: Copyright © 2011 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights
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